Shopping around for the right combination of solar panel, charging controller, wire and mounting system can be an onerous task. I guess that is why we have been asked so many times to offer a one stop shop complete solution. There are so many good panels on the market and prices are coming down. After considerable research, we have selected a charge controller and marine solar panel we think will meet the needs of many cruising sailors. This is a 120 or 130 watt solar panel that has excellent performance and a good profile for a top-of-pole mount. We now offer a standard top-of-pole mounting system for both this panel and the Kyocera KC85TS 85 watt panel. This is in addition to our top-of-pole mounting systems that can be easily modified to accommodate most solar panels. We like the dual battery bank controller because most cruising boats have two battery banks and it can get complicated switching the panel output from one bank to the other. This controller takes care of that by charging both banks simultaneously monitoring which bank needs most of the charge.
Thomas Trimmer has been cruising with his Ericson 38 sailboat on the Great Lakes for over 20 years. He has pioneered the use of solar energy for wilderness cruising. He is continually designing and building equipment to simplify and enhance the cruising experience.